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Drivers Vying for Big Pay Day at Firecracker 100

Three nights, three complete shows on tap at Lernerville Speedway June 22 – 24

CONCORD, N.C. – May 19, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set for three-days of action-packed racing at the 11th Annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway, Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24.
Each year the Firecracker 100 has continued to be a crown jewel event in dirt Late Model racing. With its big pay day, it’s one of those marquee events that drivers circle on their calendars. Drivers will compete in three-nights of non-stop, side-by-side racing at the high-banked 4/10-mile Lernerville Speedway.
In addition to the hot action on the track, the Firecracker 100 includes an incredible array of family-friendly events that allow fans of all ages to interact with their favorite drivers. All drivers have been invited to participate in the a kickball tournament – a charity kickball tournament organized by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Proceeds will go to children’s cancer research. Stick around after the kickball tournament and pick up a piece of racing memorabilia at the raffle/auction from one of your favorite drivers.

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Mike Marlar on a Mission at Duck River Raceway Park

Lands Second-Ever Series Win; Both in Home State of Tennessee

WHEEL, T.N.- May 14- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series wrapped up a two-day swing through Tennessee at Duck River Raceway Park on Mother’s Day. Tennessee-native Mike Marlar wheeled his way to victory lane to claim his second-ever Series win.
 
“I love racing with the World of Outlaws,” said Marlar. “I don’t get to do it a lot but when they come to Tennessee or sometimes I will venture out and go racing with them. They are an awesome group of guys to race with… It’s fun to go racing at a top level like this.”
 
Marlar drove throughout the night after a racing in Illinois to take on the Outlaws in his home state. Luckily for him, the long haul paid off; $10,000 to be exact.

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Price-Miller Captures First Career Victory at Tri-State Speedway

Gravel and Johnson round out the podium
Haubstadt, IN, – May 15, 2017 – All the stars aligned at Tri-State Speedway for Parker Price-Miller. Inheriting the lead on Lap 18 after Sheldon Haundenschild ran into a slower car in lap traffic, causing him to do a complete 360, Price-Miller had to endure challenges from last year’s Tri-State Speedway winner, David Gravel. Meticulously working his way through lap traffic, Price-Miller picked the best lanes and would go on to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series race.
 
Starting the season out at DIRTcar National at Volusia Speedway Park in February and continuing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour through mid-April, before eventually dropping off full-time, Price-Miller knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.
 
“We knew going into the season we were going to get our butt-kicked,” Price-Miller said about starting the season with the World of Outlaws. “But this was going to make us better as a team. This surely has paid off making me better as driver, getting our car better and making us overall better as a unit.”

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Overton Outruns Outlaws at Smoky Mountain Speedway

Madden and Clanton Round Out Podium
MARYVILLE, T.N. –  May 13, 2017- Brandon Overton claimed his second-ever World of Outlaw Craftsman® Late Model Series win at Smoky Mountain Speedway. For the redraw, six kids from the crowd were selected to draw the drivers starting positions. Luckily for Overton, the Craftsman wrench that was picked was a number two, putting him outside of pole-sitter, Brandon Sheppard.
Sheppard held on to the lead for the first 19 laps of the race, despite two cautions which reset the field giving Overton the chance to jump the chain. On lap 19 Overton maneuvered to the top of the track between turns three and four which gave him the much-needed momentum to finally pass the Rocket 1 machine. By lap 30 Overton was able to create nearly a three second lead over Sheppard and the rest of the field.
The battle then ensued for second between Sheppard, Shane Clanton and Chris Madden who ran bumper-to-bumper and door-to-door for the remaining laps. It was ultimately Madden and Clanton who found their way to the podium.

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World of Outlaws Join Forces for FVP Outlaw Clay Classic

World of Outlaws Series’ Meet for FVP Outlaw Clay Classic June 27 and 28
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Models Series join forces at Route 66 for a two-night event 

CONCORD, NC – May 12, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series are set to converge in Illinois. The nation’s two premier dirt touring Series will cross paths during the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL on June 27 and 28. It’s the only chance for fans to see both World of Outlaws Series on consecutive nights this season before the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in November.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invades the Dirt Oval at Route 66 for the first night of the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic on June 27. Current Sprint Car Series point leader Donny Schatz won the inaugural event on June 29, 2016, at Rockford Speedway. The event marks the halfway point just as the Outlaws prepare for the most grueling and highest-paying month of racing in the midst of a tight championship points race.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series takes over the Joliet 3/8-mile track the following night on June 28 to complete two thrilling nights of Outlaw racing. World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series driver Frank Heckenast Jr. will be eager to dethrone defending event winner Brian Shirley at the track owned and managed by his sister, Sherri Heckenast.

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Blame It All On My Roots

Shane Clanton’s Roots Run Deep at Senoia Raceway
 
CONCORD, N.C. – May 11, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will roll into Senoia (Ga.) Raceway for its inaugural visit on June 3, but when Shane Clanton pulls into the pits it will be far from his first time at the 3/8-mile bullring.
For Clanton, racing has been a family tradition stemming from the head of the household, his father Billy Clanton. The family of six would load up and head to a racetrack three nights out of the week when Shane was growing up. On Friday nights, that meant a trip to Senoia.
“From the time all of us siblings were born, racing has been in our blood,” Shane said. “My dad worked directly out of the back of our house, where he would build cars for customers. When we would get off the school bus, the first thing we wanted to do was head to the shop; we weren’t worried about doing our homework. The main thing he taught us was that you get out of it what you put into something. If you don’t put hard work into it, you won’t get anything out of it. If it wasn’t for my Dad, we probably wouldn’t be doing this.”

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Sheppard Steals the Show at Fayetteville Motor Speedway

Claims Quick Time, Heat Race Win and Led All 50 Laps of Feature
 
FAYETTEVILLE, NC- May 6, 2017- Brandon Sheppard led all 50-laps during the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 10th race of the 2017 season at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Sheppard’s win at the 3/8-mile track marked his ninth career win.
“We’ve been working really hard on this Rocket Chassis,” said Sheppard. “I want to thank Mark and Steve and everyone at Rocket Chassis for letting me drive this thing. It’s awesome. We’ve been working really hard lately to get ready for these Carolina tracks and Tennessee tracks because I’ve always struggled a little bit at those places so it definitely feels good to be getting a win and a top-three [last night].”
Tyler Erb started the feature on the outside of the pole and was heavy on the pedal trying to run down pole-sitter Sheppard throughout all 50-laps. The feature saw six cautions due to tire troubles. During every restart, Sheppard was able to create an impressive lead over Erb and the rest of the field. In one lap Sheppard was able to gain up to a 1.643-second lead proving how much of a powerhouse he truly is.

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Ohio and West Virginia on Tap for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series

Series Heads to Ohio and West Virginia to Top off Month of May
CONCORD, NC- May 3, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will head to the states of Ohio and West Virginia one time in 2017 for three events on May 26 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH, May 27 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH and May 28 at Tyler County Speedway on Middlebourne, WV.
Atomic Speedway
The last time the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series appeared at Atomic Speedway was in 2015 for two nights of racing where current Series Champion Josh Richards swept the weekend. Joining Richards on the podium both nights at Atomic was Series mainstay and 2015 Series Champion Shane Clanton, who improved during the two-night show with a third-place and then a second-place finish.
The 2017 season has been a roller coaster for Clanton and his team. Clanton busted into the season at DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, FL at Volusia Speedway Park, where he ultimately took home the coveted big gator. Yet, Clanton’s early grasp on the top of the points standings has been slipping away as he is currently 10th and just 10 points above Series-veteran Chub Frank.
Clanton has regained some ground and boosted the team’s moral more recently after two wins in his past two races at unsanctioned events. As seen on his website after his win at Senoia Raceway Clanton stated: “We built a new Capital Race Car this week in two days, and it proved tonight how good we are,” said Clanton, who credited his crew and a change to Penske Shocks for his performance. “Marshall [Green] and everybody at Capital Race Cars have been busting their tails to help us get back to Victory Lane. We’ve made some changes within our program as well the past few weeks, and we are seeing immediate results.”

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals 2017 Schedule

Two of the Most Challenging Schedules in the Motorsports Industry
 
Concord, NC- April 27, 2017– The DIRTcar Summer Nationals and the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 2017 schedule promises a summer of hot action on the track. The tours’ schedules mirror each other for all but one race during their 32 consecutive days on the road. The two touring Series embark on one of the most gruesome schedules in the motorsports industry as they will travel across eight-states– including Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, and Ohio- in four-and-a-half weeks with back-to-back racing nearly every night. The Late Model Series will take a break from racing only three times in 32 days, and the Modifieds will take four.
 
Every year the Series’ swing through June and July proves to be mentally and physically trying on drivers and their teams, preserving through their passion and dedication to the sport. The 2017 DIRTcar Summer Nationals and the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will kick off at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IL on June 14.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Events Postponed

Lakeside Speedway and Salina Highbanks Speedway Rescheduled for Sept. 22-23

CONCORD, NC- April 26, 2017– Due to heavy persistent rain hitting the Midwest over the past several days which has brought excessive localized flooding, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series have postponed the events at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS and Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, OK to Friday, Sept. 22 at Lakeside Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 23 at Salina Highbanks.

Fans that currently have tickets for either event can use them for the rescheduled events on Friday, Sept. 22 at Lakeside Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 23 at Salina Highbanks. No refunds will be given.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Hits Tennessee For Two Shows

World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Hits Tennessee for Two Shows
CONCORD, NC- April 21, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series brings 15 full-time drivers and their 850-horsepower machines to echo through the mountains of Tennessee with back-to-back 50-lap $10,000-to-win events at Duck River Raceway on May 12 and Smoky Mountain Speedway on May 13. The pair of Tennessee tracks have been on the Series schedule since 2013. The central location of the state in the realm of Late Model country allows a good turnout of nationally recognized drivers to appear at the events in hopes of stealing the purse from the Outlaws. Last year the Outsiders ran off with the money.

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World of Outlaws Welcomes Extended Stay America as Official Hotel

Partnership offers exclusive 20 percent discount for World of Outlaws fans

CONCORD, N.C. – April 19, 2017 – The World of Outlaws welcomes Extended Stay America® hotels (ESA) – the largest owner operated hotel chain in the U.S. – as the official hotel of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.

Operating 629 properties nationwide, Extended Stay America offers fully-equipped kitchens, free wi-fi, on-site laundry facilities, grab-and-go breakfast and other practical touches to make travelers feel at home while they are on the road. And from February through November 2017, for the length of each racing season, the Outlaws’ home IS the road. Welcoming both the World of Outlaws team and their followers, the partnership extends an exclusive 20 percent discount on rooms at any Extended Stay America hotel to all World of Outlaws fans through esa.com/worldofoutlaws.

The World of Outlaws will run 148 races at 82 different race tracks in 23 states and two different countries during the 2017 season. This keeps them on the road for more than 250 days of the year.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will Hit North and South Carolina Back-to-Back

Carolinas Are Calling
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Will Hit North and South Carolina Back-to-Back
 
CONCORD, NC- April 12, 2017– For the first weekend in May the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series heads to the Carolinas. The Series equipped with 15 full-time drivers and teams will face brave local and regional competition who dare to stand nose-to-nose with the best late model drivers in the country at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Friday, May 5 and Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, May 6.
Cherokee Speedway
One of the most consistent drivers of the Series 2017 season has been Chris Madden. This season is Madden’s second attempt to run with the Series full-time. His first attempt came in 2007 when he entered the first 16 Series races, however,  his efforts were cut short due to the birth of his son, Avery.
Other than his attempt with the Series in 2007, Madden has never committed to any other national touring series as a full-time driver and still around the country he is known as one of the most talented Late Model drivers. So far this season, the driver has impressively racked up one win, five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes of the eight Series races which only further proves how consistent Smokey and his CMR team is on a national level.

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Gearing Up for the Great Plains

Series will head to Kansas and Oklahoma in April

CONCORD, NC- April 6, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series heads to the Great Plains to top off the month of April. The first stop will be on April 28 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, followed by Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, OK on April 29.

Lakeside Speedway

Lakeside Speedway is located one hour and 45 minutes from full-time Outlaw Chase Junghans’ hometown of Manhattan, KS. This is the first time the series has visited Kansas since Junghans joined the Series in 2014.

“This race will definitely be fun for sure,” said Junghans. “Anytime you only have to travel an hour-and-a-half to go to an Outlaw race it is definitely exciting. I’ve raced there plenty of times, and that definitely helps your confidence headed into the race and gives you hope of running good. Out here in the Midwest a lot of our tracks are bigger half-miles, and that’s what I’m used to running on. I I don’t know if that means I have an advantage, but I’m used to racing on that kind of track and have a better idea of what I have to do to my car.”

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Brian Shirley Claims First Series Win of the Season

Out-Duels Moyer, Pierce and Babb

FARMER CITY, IL- April 2, 2017- Brian Shirley must have blown out the candles on his birthday cake this morning and wished for a win because tonight at Farmer City Raceway he claimed his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the season at the Illini 100.

“I am just happy,” said Shirley. “I am happy for my team. We’ve had a lot of solid runs this year and we’ve had some heart breaks so for this to pay off for Bob Cullen, Lisa Cullen and everyone behind us we appreciate it. The biggest thing is that that we get monkey off our back with [this win] and hopefully, there’s more to come.”

To take the lead Shirley had to out-duel three-time World of Outlaws Champion and five-time Farmer City Raceway winner, Billy Moyer as well as regional all-stars Shannon Babb and Bobby Pierce. For the fans, the race between the bunch was a flashback to the good ole days of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

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Brandon Sheppard Leads Green-to-Checkers at Farmer City Raceway

Brian Shirley Passes Billy Moyer to Round Out the Podium

FARMER CITY, IL- April 1, 2017- During night one of the two day show at Farmer City Raceway for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Illini 100 event, Brandon Sheppard held on to the lead from green-to-checkers. That’s also how the feature played out with no cautions during the 75-lap event.

Sheppard has had his eyes set on Farmer City Raceway since the start of the season and the results from tonight’s event puts the cherry on top for the young driver. Not only did he defeat the stacked field during the feature, he also set the fastest lap on the track during qualifying, placed second in his heat race and pulled the pole position during the redraw.

Earlier in the day Sheppard said, “It would mean a lot to me and this team if we won tonight. We only have one Outlaw race on the year and there has been a different winner at every track this year so to be the first repeat winner would be awesome.”

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Due to Rain the Illini 100 Will Take Place Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2

Friday’s portion of the event has been moved to Sunday

FARMER CITY, IL- March 31, 2017- Due to a heavy rain that hit the area the past two days, the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway will take place Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2. The original scheduled events for Friday will take place on Sunday and Saturday’s portion of the program will remain the same.
 
On Sunday, April 2, pit gates will open at 11 am and general admission to the grandstands will begin at noon with hot laps taking the track at 3:30. Pre-purchased tickets for Friday’s show will be honored on Sunday. Tickets for the Illini 100 are still available at the gate at Farmer City Raceway.

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Brandon Sheppard and Brian Shirley Ready for Illini 100

Illinois-Natives Excited to Race Near Home at a Familiar Track

CONCORD, N.C.- March 24, 2017- The best dirt Late Model drivers from around the country are rallying their troops and heading to Farmer City, IL for the ninth annual Illini 100 on March 31- April 1. The Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway has been a staple event on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Schedule since the inaugural running in 2008.
 
Even nine years later, the Feature race in 2008 remains at the top of the list as one of the best dirt Late Model events to ever take place in the state of Illinois.The first-ever Illini 100 consisted of eight lead changes among five drivers and kept the fans holding their breath until the last lap where Billy Moyer Sr. claimed the win on from Shannon Babb who had made a hard charge from the tail of the field to contest for the lead.
The Illini 100 is projected to meet the same hype of the event as in years past as two full-time Outlaws call Illinois their stomping grounds and will leave it all on the track only 1.5 hours from their hometowns.
 
Brian Shirley from Chatham, IL has consistently been a fan favorite to take the checkers at the Illini 100 among the last few years although he has never been able to seal-the-deal come the end of the night. Last year during the two-day show Shirley took a 17th place finish the first night and an eighth place finish the second night. So far, this year Shirley has proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with this season as he is currently third in the points race.

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Timothy Culp Lands First World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Win

Devin Moran Claims Best Finish of Season

KILGORE, TX- March 26, 2017- Timothy “Hollywood” Culp etched his name in the book of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Winners with his victory at LoneStar Speedway. Of the six races this season, the Series has seen six different drivers win.
 
Culp got a taste of Victory Lane two nights earlier at Whynot Motorsports Park where he finished second behind Brandon Sheppard.
The Rocket Chassis that took him to Victory Lane in Texas has only hit the track three times. Culp and his new ride have found their way to the podium all three times, racking up one second-place finish and two wins.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series I-30 Event Cancelled Due to Persistent Rain

Series Next Stop: LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX on Sunday, March 26

LITTLE ROCK, AR- March 25, 2017- Due to a night of heavy rain hitting Little Rock, AR the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event has been canceled.

“We, unfortunately, got too much rain last night and we are not going to have enough time today to dry out the pit area and we don’t want to have to tow rigs in-and-out,” said Tracey Clay, I-30 Speedway Promoter. “The track would be a little swampy but it would be bad-fast and a great race but we just don’t have enough time today to dry out the pits.”

The Series and the track are looking at potential future dates to reschedule the event. Any updated information regarding this event will be posted to the Late Model Series website as well as on I-30 Speedway’s website.

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Brandon Sheppard Wins at Whynot Motorsports Park

Donald Bradsher Lands First Career Quick Time

MERIDIAN, MS- March 25, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series visited Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS for the first time ever on March 24. A total of 45 Late Models appeared on the scene to test their luck and their skill at the House of Hook but it was ultimately Brandon Sheppard who took the checkers in the 50-lap feature and claimed his first Series win of the 2017 season.

Sheppard showed how consistent he and his Rocket crew will be this season as he placed fourth in qualifying and won his heat. Sheppard also struck a little bit of luck during the redraw as he pulled out wrench number one from the Craftsman tool box.

“I got to thank Mark [Richards] and all of the guys at Rocket for making this happen for me,” said Sheppard. “This is an awesome team and I am really excited for the rest of the year.”

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series to Visit Three States in Three Days

Whynot Motorsports Park, I-30 Speedway, LoneStar Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – March 21, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series hits the road this week to close out the month of March. The traveling band of 15 full-time Series drivers, their crews, and seven Series Officials will conquer a 613 mile trek across three states in three days making three stops along the way.

Whynot Motorsports Park- March 24
The first stop of the three-day-swing will be at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS. This will be the Series’ first time in the state of Mississippi since an attempt in 2013 that was ultimately cancelled due to rain. The Feature event will be 50-laps, with $10,000 up for grabs. Tickets are on sale now here.
I-30 Speedway- March 25
The Series will head from Mississippi’s House of Hook to Arkansas’ Hammer Hill at I-30 Speedway. The quarter-mile, high-banked, red-clay oval has been hosting thrilling dirt track races for 57 years and counting. Track owner Joe Clay and track promoter Tracey Clay have been operating the track for 30 years.

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Outlaws Head to the House of Hook

First Stop in March at Whynot Motorsports Park

CONCORD, N.C.-March 14, 2017-The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is gearing up to head back out on the road for the first time since the conclusion of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park at the end of February. The first stop in March will be at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss. on March 24 and it will be nothing less than an action-packed shootout.

In the past, when leaving the February jaunt the points gap has been pretty wide making it a catch-up game for the rest of the season for some but this season that is not the case. Only four points separate the first and second position in the championship points standing and only 28 points between first and fifth. That means one race can make it or break it for the point’s leader.

Headed into the Feature at Whynot Motorsports Park, Brandon Sheppard, and Rick Eckert will lead the way in the points race. Although we still have a long way until we reach the World of Outlaws World Finals every race counts towards the end of the season.

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iRacing Named Exclusive Online Racing Partner for World of Outlaws

CONCORD, NC – March 9, 2017 – iRacing.com and the World of Outlaws announced today that iRacing will become the World of Outlaws exclusive online racing partner.  The agreement brings the world’s leading online motorsports simulation service together with North America’s premier dirt track racing series and comes as iRacing prepares to launch its highly anticipated dirt racing feature on March 29.
Known around the racing world as “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” the World of Outlaws sanctions nearly 140 events a year throughout North America as part of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, while iRacing’s 235,000 plus member subscribers race dozens of precisely-modeled cars on laser-scanned versions of nearly 100 of the world’s greatest ovals and road courses.
“We couldn’t be happier than to be associated with the World of Outlaws at the dawn of our online dirt racing feature,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com.  “iRacers around the world are already eager to try their hands at dirt racing, and our partnership with the World of Outlaws will ramp up their enthusiasm to another level.”

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Tony Stewart Racing: World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series LoneStar Speedway Report

Schatz Dominates Outlaws’ Return to Lone Star State
TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Scores Third Consecutive WoO Victory

Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, 2017
Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Locations: Friday – LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas
Saturday – Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas
Winners: Friday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Saturday – Postponed by Rain, rescheduled for April 13
TSR Results: Friday – Started 1st, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps
TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 572 points, 20 points ahead of second-place Jason Johnson)

The incredibly hot start to begin the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign continued this past weekend for Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team with a clean sweep Friday night in the East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Schatz set the night’s quick time in qualifying, led every lap of his heat, scored a flag-to-flag win the Craftsman Club Dash and paced all 35 laps of the A-Feature to score his third consecutive victory aboard the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion was looking to add to his winning streak Saturday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, but rain forced WoO officials to reschedule the event for April 13.

“I say it all the time, but these guys who make up this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team are simply incredible,” Schatz said following his team’s sixth victory in nine starts this season. “Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people and I just go out every night and try to do my job the best I can. We haven’t been to this track in a while but, man, this place was fast tonight. I know in qualifying that we had a car that was really good and Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) just kept dialing it in. Starting up front helped and I just kept searching the track as the night went along. We knew as long as we got a good start in the feature and stayed patient everything would work out. I’m so happy to get another win for Arctic Cat. We spent some time at their National Sales Meeting in Minnesota earlier this week and everyone is so excited about the partnership we have. I couldn’t be prouder to be carrying the Arctic Cat brand and taking it to victory lane. The same goes for Ford Performance. They had a huge weekend winning the Daytona 500 last weekend and we’re excited about our future with them, as well. We can’t wait for the next race. This is a lot of fun.”

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 Schedule Update

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Announces Schedule Changes
CONCORD, N.C. – March 2, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is making changes to two dates for the 2017 season. The original schedule consisting of 53-features will show a change to the location of the upcoming race in Mississippi and add one more track to the checklist by expanding the Series trek through Illinois in July.
The Series will be visiting Whynot Speedway in Meridian, Miss. on March 24 in place of the previously scheduled Columbus Speedway which will be removed from the 2017 schedule due to contract issues.
“We hate that we could not get the contract done with Rod and the Nichols family at Columbus, but we are very fortunate that Rodney took the event at Whynot Speedway on short notice,” said Tim Christman, Late Model Series Director.
Whynot has appeared on the Series schedule before, but the race was ultimately canceled due to rain. The Series is excited for the chance to return to the 3/10-mile, 80 ft.-wide progressively banked clay oval for the 2017 season.

DIRTcar Nationals Night 11 Recap

Fog a First Time Winner at Volusia
BARBERVILLE, FL. – February 25, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Volusia Speedway Park for the first time on night 11 of DIRTcar Nationals. During the 40-lap Craftsman Club Feature fans and drivers in attendance witnessed a thick fog roll in after 10pm that was the concoction of two days of heavy rain followed by a third of sunny blue skies. For the drivers’ safety, the feature was called complete with 23 laps in the books due to poor visibility.
Despite the bad luck Mother Nature brought, Shane Clanton was the class of the field all around. He had the fastest lap time during qualifying with 15.861-second lap, won his heat race and led all 23-laps of the feature.
“I hate that Mother Nature brought this fog in, but it’s pretty bad out there,” Clanton said. “Every straightaway you had to pull a tearoff because it’s like rain. I hate it for the fans. They didn’t get to see a full feature here. I think we had the best car tonight, so hopefully we can repeat tomorrow and do it all over.”

DIRTcar Nationals Wednesday Program Cancelled Due to Heavy Rain

Event will resume Thursday as regularly scheduled with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – February 22, 2017 – Night nine of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park has been canceled due to a heavy rainstorm that hit the area on Wednesday morning and a forecast of continued rain throughout the day.

DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park will resume on Thursday, Feb. 23, with the pit gates opening at 1:00 pm, grandstands opening at 5:00 pm. Hot laps for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will kick off on-track activities at 6:00 pm.

Fans that have purchased tickets in advance can use Wednesday night’s tickets as a credit toward one of the final three nights of DIRTcar Nationals. The ticket window at Volusia Speedway Park will be closed on Wednesday and will reopen at 4:30 pm on Thursday.

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Screven Motor Speedway is Familiar Terrain for Two Drivers

Brandon Overton and Shane Clanton Look Forward to Racing in Their Home State

Concord, N.C. – Feb. 16, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. is familiar terrain for Georgia natives Shane Clanton and Brandon Overton. The track is nearly a stone’s throw away from the drivers’ hometowns when considering the number of fans who traveled from 42 states last year to see the first green flag of the season at the red clay oval.

Overton grew up nearly two hours away in Evans, Ga. and began racing at Screven Motorsports Complex long before he or the track ever thought about running Late Models.

“The second time I ever drove a Late Model was at Screven,” said Overton. “Screven started out as a go-kart track, and I grew up racing go-karts there. I’ve been racing there since I was seven.”

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Most Wanted 2017 Unraveled and Unfiltered

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 13, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series gains a few new bruisers and everyone is gearing up for the season’s first shootout in 2017. The drivers and their crews will travel across familiar and unfamiliar terrain in hopes of keeping the title of the fastest guys around. The first real test for the traveling band will be a doubleheader at Screven Motorsports Complex and DIRTcar Nationals in February. With new names on the books for the 2017 season, anything could happen as we race toward World Finals in November.

Here are the guys we think you should put at the top of your Most Wanted list in 2017:

Shane Clanton
In 2017 Shane Clanton is going to show up at the ring-hungry to reclaim his title as World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion. To say Clanton is a seasoned driver is an understatement. He earned his first series win in 2004 and has been a committed World of Outlaws full-time driver since 2005. He earned his first championship title at the completion of the 2015 season. During his impressive 2015 season, Clanton saddled up and headed out with 10 wins, 34 top-five and 37 top-ten finishes of 43 total races. Clanton has placed second in the overall point standings three times, including the 2006, 2013 and 2016 seasons.

This past season, Clanton scored seven wins, 23 top-five and 32 top-ten finishes. At the 2016 season banquet after being overthrown by a newly crowned champion, Clanton pointed and said, “I’m coming for you next season.” Needless to say, Clanton may be the last guy showing any mercy on the track this season.

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